Freedom

I’m going to tell you what freedom is not. Freedom is not having burdens or responsibilities. It’s not having a job you must go to. It’s not having a girlfriend who is expecting you to call, or having a standing date with friends where your absence must be explained with an elaborate excuse. It is not having to give some type of prolonged notice to terminate a contract or job. It is not owning so many possessions that you need a storage unit. It is not having a wallet full of so many cards that your life turns upside down when you lose it.

I’m reminded of my freedom when I’m on a bus to another city. All my possessions, my summer and winter clothes, my dress clothes and two extra pairs of shoes, are in the undercarriage riding along with me. No one knows where I am and no one cares. I’m going to a city I’ve never seen before as a complete stranger, with no obligations to see anything or visit anyone. I have no worries, no bills, and no tasks. I’m reclining on an old chair, but I might as well be floating above the street, with no string wrapped around my neck pulling me back to where I was. I could die on the autostrada, in between villages whose names I don’t know and which are not announced with pleasant signs, and it would take several days for anyone who knows me to find out. Or my bags could go missing and within a couple weeks I could easily have the contents replaced. This is freedom.

I wouldn’t trade these bus rides, of having to answer to no one, for all the money in the world or for all the women in the world. I lay back, close my eyes, and let my thoughts and dreams go wherever they want, with no stress or anxiety disturbing them. There is no rush and there is no hurry. I am free. The whole world can demand something of me and I can laugh them off. My own government can take all my money from my bank accounts but they can’t find me on this bus.

Maybe I will stay a while in my destination or maybe I won’t. Maybe I will invent a new identity with the locals I meet or maybe I’ll be me. Maybe I will get laid or maybe I will work. Maybe I will take a tram or maybe I will walk. I was not free when I lived beyond my means, when I depended on the income that the man would grace me with every two Fridays. But I started to spend less than my earnings, and over the course of years it has given me my freedom. The only person I have to answer to is myself. I can vanish tomorrow, and nothing will happen. If I never check my email, never answer my phone, if I just disappear—I’ll do just fine. If you can’t simply close your eyes, and say goodbye to the world, you are not free.

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smokinjoe
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Great writing Roosh. You are an inspiration to red pill Libertarians everywhere. Thank you for this.

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“If you can’t simply close your eyes, and say goodbye to the world, you are not free.”Fully agree!

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This. Exactly. It’s not the money, it’s not the recognition, it sure as hell aren’t all the toys, it’s just doing what you want to do when you want to do it.

But I think some are born to look for that. Other’s aren’t. Otherwise I could not explain to myself why so many live the opposite.

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Nice to see you are finally evolving…. Best of luck! I guess you’re in Italy or whereabouts.

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If you aren’t a lonely sociopath you aren’t free.

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Don’t vanish just yet Roosh, your writing is addictive.

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This is the stage I hope to get to some day. I have had it and it feels great. I have to continue moving forward to make it happen again for me. My idea of freedom is traveling the world on a motorcycle with everything I need and I want in my saddlebags. Riding through roads of different countries and only worrying about myself.

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Freedoms just another word for nothing left to lose.

Vincent Vinturi
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Damn straight Roosh.

If you’re not ready to die right now, you’re not living!

I left a wage slave existence in the US to come to Thailand with a one way ticket.

Since then I’ve:

– progressed my online business
– wondered where my next meal is coming from
– fell off a waterfall and thought I was going to die (and I was ready)
– saw the US from afar and began to see it for what it really is, a strange little place with an oppressive government, backwards culture and messed up women (not all of course…)
– met amazing people and beautiful women

…and more.

As you said, the less you “have” the more you “are”. Keep on doing your thing brother.

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Hi Roosh,

I’ve been reading your writings for over a year. I enjoyed this piece. What you are touching on is something that I have been struggling with for perhaps 4 years. I make good money working as an engineer, but I cannot stand being called late at night to fix something. I have been traveling to Europe my whole life, and I must say that when my cell phone doesn’t work (non-GSM), and I am not checking e-mails, it all feels pretty wonderful.

My main issue is sustainability. I still have a large ($80k) student loan debt that I hope to pay off in two years (my income will allow for this). Then, what? Even beyond money, haven’t you also written about some desire to build something on this planet? When traveling constantly, I find that the only thing I build is a network of friends, some loose and some tight, that I can go see again if possible. This has been amazing as I can stay in countries for cheap and spend time with people that I know.

Something tells me you have also built something like this. Is it satisfying you? Do you still feel the need to build something greater than a free life for yourself? Or has your mind transitioned into some place where you only want to build for yourself? Trust me, I wonder every day of my life which choice will bring more happiness. Some of my best moments have been when I solved problems in the field using my engineering knowledge. Being put into intense situations where lots of money is on the line can be thrilling. However, I go home and at the end of the day I feel like the people who I work with only see me for the value that I bring to the company. Some become friends, most do not.

I feel that we are all a slave to something, in some way. If you take anything that you do daily and ask yourself if you could go without it for two weeks, I imagine you would find several things that you cannot go without. Perhaps working out, or getting a coffee and reading the paper. These are things that are beneficial to you, for sure, but are you a slave to them?

Perhaps I digress too much. I just wonder if the other side of the coin, wherein you build something – a family, a business,etc. – has any worth. Certainly you have obligations once you go down that path, but are all obligations negative?

I am not so sure.

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Really love the one where your absence from events must be explained with elaborate excuses. I hate that. Sometimes I want to be alone, for no “reason”. Many times, in fact.

Anyway, I’d say you have more freedom than typical wage slave, but not “true” freedom (which makes you WAAAAAAY better off).

Not sure true freedom exists for anyone who is not millionaires (i.e. people who really can go *anywhere* they want and do *anything*). That said, not all millionaires are free.

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Great article, but for most of us this isn’t really attainable until well into our 30’s at the earliest.

I’d love to just drop everything and go, but there’s only so many people that can live that type of life where they have residual income from an online business, or book sales like Roosh.

Still, awesome writing.

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Thought of the Hendrix song of the same name pretty quick.

I get bored when I read about other manosphere writers describing themselves in their tailor made suits and high profile jobs where they get to share the table with their boss and that I should aspire to the same.

I’ll never get that homogenised trash with roosh though.

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“I’d love to just drop everything and go, but there’s only so many people that can live that type of life where they have residual income from an online business, or book sales like Roosh.”

If you are not at that point yet, you should be striving to get there.

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When you are forced to look at angry feminist every day, you are truly reminded of how little freedom you have.
Imagine being able to escape this hellhole..imagine living in a country where the women are so terrible that you would have to leave to get a decent life.
Imagine living in a country where the men hate the women so much that if they all dropped dead or simply disappeared, not a single tear would be shed, no formal investigation of this incident (miracle) would be initiated …just a huge collective sigh of relief:Thank you God..
To live in such a place..is the furthest from freedom you can get.

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Was living in Los Angeles for about 20 years. Went there with two suitcases and as life commences you start accumulating, like everyone else. Did the whole employee routine in the IT sector – money was good for a while, then the dot.com bubble burst and it all went to shit.

One day in late 2008 I started a blog and somehow it grew like wildfire. A year after I was able to start charging money and the year after I made the same with it that I had earned as an employee. A year and a half after that I sold everything I had (frankly a lot of it I simply gave away) and put the rest into a small storage unit – just in case. Moved to Spain with two suitcases and here I now live like a king on less money than I spent in West L.A. for a modest treehouse in the hills.

Women are amazing (and cheap) here – food is excellent – my Spanish is getting better. All I own here is my laptop, a big monitor (need it for my blog) and my clothes. That’s it – everything else is rented and I can drop my apartment at the drop of a hat. I don’t recall when I have ever been this happy in my life – it came a bit late as I’m in my late fourties but everyone tells me I don’t look a day over 35, so I guess my genetics (and my lifestyle) are working in my favor.

My Spanish has been improving steadily and after a bit over a year I am conducting fluent conversations. Don’t get me wrong – it’s a bit different than what Roosh is doing but I love what I do and the fact that I don’t report to anyone gives me as much freedom as I have ever desired.

Life is good – and very rarely do I miss Los Angeles. Perhaps the dry weather, but that’s about it. Women are gorgeous over here – despite the bad rep that many here are giving Spanish women I am connecting pretty well with them (perhaps it’s the blue eyes thing).

Guys – sit down this weekend and think about your life. What really motivates you, what really makes you happy. Women are not the reason you should expatriate – there are many other and more important factors to life and what we have learned in the United States is a great bonus that can give us a big advantage on other shores.

In essence: Don’t be afraid to re-invent yourself at any moment in your life. No matter where you are or what you think ties you down. Chains can be broken, so let your mind wander free.

Life is too short. So get naked, fuck a lot, and make a lot of noise.

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Agreed. I’m not quite as nomadic as you but the principle holds. I came to the realisation that I only care about three things: my time, my freedom, and the people in my life. I strive to maximise and make the most of those.

Money is only good to the extent it enables that.

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The fact remains that even under some idealized economic system not everyone can be an entrepreneur and not everyone should have to be. Not everyone would be happy with that–or good at it. Sad that the choice today is to be either an itinerant or a put down schlub– though I know which one I prefer

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Freedom is a liberating thing I’m reminded of every time I get on a train to see a new country, but freedom can be very lonely at times.

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You are lucky. Money buys this kind of freedom. I would love to pick up and leave like you but I only make enough to get by and don’t have enough saved to truly be free. One day hopefully. It is a dream and with hard work I hope to be there one day myself.

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I think true freedom is purusing a goal or ambition that you personally want to obtain. There is nothing like the pursuit of a conquest. It could be money, it could be women, it could “freedom.” But the joy of life really exists in the chase of a goal. Wandering around like a nomad isn’t fun. A man needs a goal and a purpose and that’s when he is most happy.

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Wait you can’t go. Who is going to take out the trash in suburbia?
I used to live that way. Once you have a kid, unless you are pyscho you are not free.

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So freedom is loneliness ? Freedom is not having any roots ? How can’t you feel alone/sad ? We all have and need family and friends right ?

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Strong post.

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I would add this to my definition of freedom:

Freedom is being the protagonist prime actor and director of your own life and writing your own script according to what you want out of life.

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hmmm….freedom, I wish I was in Brazil right now, speaking Portugese,learning Samba, exploring their immense sexuality …. but I work 9-6, 6-7 days a week, and I am married … I think we are all where we’re supposed(or choose) to be, in a sense.

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One by one, tribe by tribe, the free people of this planet disappear. Bushmens are fading, free tribes of Amazon forest become dependent on external world. There are many others which fate is uncertain. The rest are just numbers in databases. Every bit of information written about you somewhere on device takes tiny part of your soul.
Many a pickle makes a mickle.

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“hmmm….freedom, I wish I was in Brazil right now, speaking Portugese,learning Samba, exploring their immense sexuality …. but I work 9-6, 6-7 days a week, and I am married … I think we are all where we’re supposed(or choose) to be, in a sense.”

If you wish for all those things then WHY did you get married? That was a major beta move and you know it. You thought she’ll be the best you’d ever find – just like all the other brain washed sheep.

If you really want those things then what is stopping you for f…’s sake? Chances are in 50 years from now you’ll be dust. You are given one life – so do what it takes to fulfill your dreams. A marriage is not easy to unravel – I admit – but if you are unhappy then that should be your first goal.

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There are two types of freedom: the freedom from restraints (negative freedom) and the freedom to do things (positive freedom).

An alcoholic who is allowed to drink himself to death has more negative freedom than one who is forced into an AA class, but he dies, whereas the one forced into the class (assuming it is successful) will go on to have all kinds of freedoms that he wouldn’t have while bound by the chains of his addiction.

I highly recommend an essay about this by Isaiah Berlin called “Two Concepts of Liberty.”

What you will find is that this dichotomy is fundamental to most of the disagreements between liberals and conservatives.

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I like a lot of your writing but not this.

Freedom is living a life that you freely chose to live. Someone with a job, a pretty wife, and three kids is perfectly free. Its the life they chose for themselves.

The key point is the ability to choose you own path. Freedom isn’t removing responsibilities from yourself, but the ability to choose which responsibilities you want to bear. That being said I’m single 20 something and love it, but I wouldn’t call someone whose chose to take on responsibility as lacking freedom.

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Wow, one of your best posts Mr Rooshman.
Simple but effective. It neatly sums up that great high-inducing euphoria that shedding the skin of friends, family, and social obligations gives you. Awesome feeling knowing noone knows where you are, what you’re doing. You can recreate yourself at those times.
Quite invigorating post. I’m guessing this is what a vagina feels like when it is freshly shaved.

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what would you Rate this girl? 1-10 scale?

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@mrhorndog your story is very interesting. you should write a blog..oh wait. btw are you in madrid. i think the women there are classier than in barcelona. to facilitate that life you’re leading guys will need a passive income of some kind. for you it was easy cos of your IT background but most guys are stuck in work which requires them to be physically on site. and what is your blog?

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I had this kind of freedom when I was young, but then I got bored with it, and it felt hollow.

I had a family and now I serve them joyfully. I also work at a career that I love, pioneering science that means a huge amount to the world.

The point is, being a “servant” to things you love is a great honor as well. Don’t be afraid to abandon your freedom when something calls. Don’t be afraid to sacrifice your self to provide freedom to your children and grandchildren.

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@24

“So freedom is loneliness ?”
NO IS NOT, YOU CAN MAKE GOOD FRIENDS, FIND INTERESTING PEOPLE TO SHARE AND BANG NICE WOMEN ALMOST EVERY PLACE YOU GO (not hard at all).

“Freedom is not having any roots ?”
YOUR ROOTS ARE ALWAYS WITH YOU IF YOU SO DECIDE.

“How can’t you feel alone/sad ?”
BECAUSE I AM NOT A NEEDY AND INSECURE SISSY, I AM MAN WHO CAN TAKE CARE OF MYSELF.

“We all have and need family and friends right?”
YOU CAN GO VISIT THEM ONCE IN A WHILE, THERE IS ALSO A THING CALL INTERNET AND TELEPHONES FOR YOU TO COMMUNICATE.

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This is the corrupt understanding of freedom westerners have. This is individualism.

Feminism is the logical product of individualism when applied to women.

You cannot defeat feminism unless you defeat individualism, but you love it to much.

This post is a step backwards a fall back into ignorant darkness.

You are quick to see the fault of women who disrespect men who biuld technology and civilisation, but if all men would embrace your “freedom” then we would have no civilisation and technology either.

True freedom means the strenght to be congurent with oneself and not to deviate from the course you have set for youself from the always changing desires and fractuating whims that flow in and out of your mind constantly. That is the freedom all great spiritual leaders have been talking about. That is the freedom Christ talked about, but humans misunderstood him and thought that hee spoke about freedom from state, which is a much less significant a thing than freedom from your own demons (changing desires).

Abandoning everything on a mere whim and pointlessly restarting your life just for the sake of your failures in previous life of your feelings (note the feminine nature of following feelings) is the true slavery of a frustrated mind that gets constantly bombarded by ever new ideas and desires from media, changing fashions, peoples opinions and other fleeting and unsubstantial things.

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Some people call this true freedom while others would call it trying to run away from responsibilities and obligations and refusing to grow up. I don’t have a particularly strong opinion on which one it is, but would like to get your perspective, guys, on this.

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Sean above nailed it. As long as you’re pursuing what you want and not for some other reason, you are free.

Case in point, I have a job that I like. Do I give up something to get my paycheck? Certainly. Everything is a transaction and the world is a marketplace. Roosh has found a different way to get what he wants, but there is always a cost incurred. Only you can decide for yourself what’s worth giving up and what you want to gain.

Great post nonetheless. I got divorced because I missed what Roosh is describing. Had nothing to do with the ex. Just my vision of my personal freedom.

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Money is still important.

What I mean is: Possessions are usually more trouble than they’re worth. They lessen one’s freedom.

Money however, *is* freedom.

I have enough money at this moment to buy a one-way ticket to Thailand, Poland, Costa Rica, etc, and live there for the next year a free man, Heck, maybe for the next four or five years if I play my cards right.

But after that??

It’s going to take more MONEY. I’m only 31 years old.

The trick is building an internet business that spins off enough cash to keep you mobile and FREE.

Buying a plane ticket and selling your stuff is ridiculously simple. Generating lasting cash flow–without a boss, without a 9-5 job–isn’t.

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This principle can be taken too far. The simplest example is road rules. If there were no rules for driving it’s very likely that it would be more difficult to do what you wanted to do. A few rules make it so that everyone can get where they want to go more easily with fewer accidents or interruptions.

There are other cases where writers like Roosh advocate principles and ideas that are great on an individual basis, but simply would not work if applied universally.

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You are not getting ready to kill yourself, are you???

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A very Buddhist post

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“If you can’t simply close your eyes, and say goodbye to the world, you are not free.”

True but this is much easier said than done.

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“No one knows where I am, and no one cares.” Does that really strike you as being a desirable condition, for the rest of your life?

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Really curious what your financial situation is, and how you plan to sustain it, particularly without the fuck guides. Is the end game an early retirement, vis a vis Smith and Wesson? Is it gaining EU citizenship, renouncing US citizenship, and suckling at the dole for 30 years? or do you seriously (recklessly) not think about it and let the chips fall where they may? Not to say you haven’t had one fuck of a ride so far, but there’s a lot more stops on this bus to go for you.

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anyone can travel and do this… I have been traveling for the past 2 years… I left home with $1,500 usd in my bank account, Everywhere I travel I stay in hostels and every hostel is looking for work… So no matter where I go, I have a job and I get to keep traveling… I can leave whenever I want… Just have to think outside the box a little… just get on that plane and go

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Roosh is still young and he is accomplished (His books and R.O.Kings are no small feats). He is going through phase of life and, I suspect, coming to the end of a particular phase and he’ll create a new one. Transitions are tough sometimes. He’ll probably marry a Polish girl and settle downt here.

For the younger guys, something David D said that is true but often not adhered to: the money you make is not the ‘feed corn’ where you earn and then you consume. It is the ‘seed corn’: you earn it and consume as little as possible – the rest is to set you free. That freedom can be in the form of:

-living like Roosh,

-starting a business that will throw off cash (where you are free from a boss or company that has control over you),

-or it can be in buying your house and car for cash where you are free from, and need no longer give consideration to the banks that hold your mortgage or car notes when making your decisions -can you envision how nice it will be to have your paycheck without any rent or mortgage due?

-To be able to tell your company that you really would like to take 3 more weeks of vacation over the 3 you’re allotted but that you don’t expect them to pay for it. I personally love my work and I love business and building a business: I just don’t wanna do it 49 weeks out of the year. I read one guy who runs his own business lifestyle: he and his wife take 8 weeks of vacation a year – that’s 2 weeks off every 3 months. Yes, yes, it’s not Roosh’s lifestyle or the gentleman commentator from Madrid above lifestyle, but this is more attainable and to paraphrase the stones, not what you want, but probably more of what you need.

-EVERYONE here should read the book “FLOW” by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (American of Bulgarian origin I believe). It will quickly disabuse you of the fantasy notion that you will be happier basically doing nothing or playing constantly. You won’t. In short, he had 100 people wear pagers for like a year and he would page them 10x a day and they had to write down what they were doing and on a scale of 1-10 how happy and fulfilled they were doing it. Results are surprising: people were generally much more fulfilled at their work than they were sitting on a beach on vacation. The most fulfilling things were the things wherein…..(read the book and don’t try to get the cliff not paragraph summary from me)

Money used thus can provide tremendous peace of mind – just knowing you have the power and ability to not work, to not be under the pressure that 98% of people in the Western World are under because of their spending habits – to be able to take the breaks and have the adventures you need/want within reason (I’m shooting for 8 week/yr) – that’s an important form of freedom. In short, there’s a spectrum and Roosh is all the way at one end, and, I sense, not altogether happy there, nor would you be after as many years as he’s been at that extreme end.

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polish girls are too ugly and fat for marriage

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Finally – a lot of people are not business people naturally, just like a lot of us are not warriors naturally, nor scholars, successful with women, or artists naturally or whatever. BUT, there are lots of people who would like to have the results/benefits of some of those things without being a ‘natural’. In this respect, for those not good at business may want to confine themselves to something rather simple for starters that I allude to above:

1.) Buy a condo and pay off your house or condo as fast as humanly possible.

2.) Buy your used car with cash

3.) Use the mortgage and car payment you would have been paying and save it (like profits from a business) or just buy another condo or house and rent it out (like expanding your business).

4.) DO NOT increase your consummption in any way/shape or form. There are a lot of encouraging things about game and one is that money is not paramount so take that lesson to heart.

Although struggling to swallow and choke down the red pill one piece at a time (I think it broke in my throat and sometimes I cough part of it back up) I can personally attest to the above method. It’s like learning game: you have to really want it and really care about it. Just saying you care will not cut it.

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Freedom is having the ASSETS and income stream from doing what you like doing. Which makes it goal achieving and not work.
You make your own hours, you get paid based on your results. It give great personal pleasure and satisfaction.

Now you’re living in disney world.
Sure everyone has the option to unplug, but if you’re using any electronic comms device, credit card, bank accts or eftpos…the gov knows where you are.